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Shen Yantian: A young abstract artist in China

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With a time-honored artistic history of xieyi style (widely known as freehand, in contrast to gongbi, or meticulous painting), the Chinese is believed to be one of the most “abstract-minded” peoples of the world. However, it is not until today that, amidst all the artistic influences of the world, young Chinese artists finally feel at home with their media: colors, interactions, rhythms, and no longer bound by such restraints as moral lessons etc.. Shen Yantian is one of them.

CNEX: See China with Your Own Eyes

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Are you still scouting the web for anything “real” about China? Wanna see how the Chinese live and think, particularly those nameless people seemed to be veiled by numbers, big words and stereotypes? Here is a new way of approaching them— CNEX.ORG.CN

Documentary fair: GZDOC 2012 now open for entries

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By September 30, 2012, GZDOC will be receiving entries from across the world. If you’re a documentary producer, filmmaker or just interested in this booming business in China, please keep an eye on that!

Beijing Dance Festival July 22-25

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The Beijing Dance Festival 2012 will soon open in Beijing, featuring a diversity of programs from Beijing, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Spain, Israel and US.

New movie: Painted Skin : The Resurrection

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Directed by Wu Ershan (乌尔善), the sequel of the 2008 film Painted Skin–The Painted Skin II: The Resurrection is coming out soon.

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Yang Yugong (杨玉功), a professor with the University of International Business and Economics, is a devoted advocate of classical Chinese culture. In this article, he explains why traditional Chinese music, particularly the instrument of Guqin (古琴), is in essence a tool of communication between man and the universe.

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Shen Yantian: A young abstract artist in China

With a time-honored artistic history of xieyi style (widely known as freehand, in contrast to gongbi, or meticulous painting), the Chinese is believed to be one of the most “abstract-minded” peoples of the world. However, it is not until today that, amidst all the artistic influences of the world, young Chinese artists finally feel at home with their media: colors, interactions, rhythms, and no longer bound by such restraints as moral lessons etc.. Shen Yantian is one of them.